SALISBURY, Md. — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team fell 6-2 in the series finale with Norfolk State on Sunday, giving the Spartans the sweep.
Sunday was the Hawks’ senior day, where nine seniors were honored before the game for their contributions to the team. Eastern Shore’s record goes to 9-35 (5-16 MEAC) with the series losses.
Toby Hoskins (North East, Md.) was the only senior to not play for the Hawks after pitching on Saturday. Pitching was lead by senior Evan Bertone (Douglas, Ma.) who tossed five innings with two runs allowed. Christian Rose (Martinsburg, W.V.) and Chris Melrath (North East, Md.) were scoreless in relief. The seniors were lead by Isaiah Chambers (Bowie, Md.) on offense, who had an RBI and two hits.
Aside from the seniors, freshman Avery Tunnell (Dover, De.) had an RBI and two hits as well, while junior Dominic DeBlasie (Tilton, N.H.) was walked four times.
The Hawks’ downfall was their four errors, as the Spartans got six batters on base off five hits. Stephen Baughan put Norfolk State ahead for good with a two run home run.
In the fifth and seventh innings, Eastern Shore managed to load the bases with one out. They were unable to capitalize though, as the Spartans pulled off a double play in the fifth and a strikeout and pop out in the seventh.
UMES will play again this week at Pittsburgh and then will travel to Delaware State for a three-game series.